Playing It Cool (2014)
Running Time: 94 minutes
Directed by: Justin Reardon
Starring: Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan, Topher Grace, Aubrey Plaza
Playing It Cool is a rom-com that follows the narration of a screenwriter (Evans), who is assigned to write a romantic comedy screenplay by his agent, Bryan (Mackie). However, he has difficulties with the assignment since he is so disillusioned by love ever since he was a boy. He then meets a beautiful woman (Monaghan) who may be the one, only to find out that she is engaged. He engages in a platonic relationship with her in order to keep seeing her. But will he be able to get the girl and conquer his own issues of love.
Personally, I liked this film. It was refreshing, a lil’ quirky, funny and romantic. As the film noted, just like a rom-com should. Being told from a male perspective changes the vibe of the film from being typical rom-com. Both Evans and Monaghan brought their A-game which really helped with the film. Furthermore, there’s a great supporting cast, from Aubrey Plaza, Luke Wilson, Martin Starr and Topher Grace as Evans’ best friends and confidant, to Anthony Mackie as Evans’ agent. There’s also a great cameo by Ioan Gruffudd as Monaghan’s fiancé. All in all, the cast was well-selected and gave a solid performance that definitely helped lift the film. The short vignettes throughout the film where Evans was given the chance to portray multiple characters were nothing short of hilarious.
Overall, Playing It Cool achieved what it set out to do as a rom-com, it’s funny, it’s quirky, it’s sweet, and most importantly, it leaves you in a feel good mood. Highly recommend this to anyone in search for a good rom-com with an indie vibe to it.
Rating: 6 out of 10